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  • The Forest Service battles placer mining with an obscure law

    The Forest Service battles placer mining with an obscure law

    A little-known 1955 law gives the Forest Service a way to shut down placer mining claims along some Western rivers.

  • The latest: A cautious cave re-opening

    The latest: A cautious cave re-opening

    After closing all Western caves to protect bats from deadly white-nose syndrome, the Forest Service re-opens certain caves

  • Watching land swaps in Idaho and the West

    Watching land swaps in Idaho and the West

    Federal land exchanges have come under increased scrutiny over the past decade, both from citizen activists and the Government Accountability Office.

  • Smokey Bear: From cute to buff, and in between

    Smokey Bear: From cute to buff, and in between

    Smokey Bear’s many image changes over the years reflect the Forest Service’s changing attitudes toward wildfire.

  • Western legislatures grab for control of public lands

    Western legislatures grab for control of public lands

    Some Western states are rekindling the Sagebrush Rebellion and demanding ownership of federal lands -- but it's not just about local control.

  • Selling what's priceless is the nuttiest idea of all

    Selling what's priceless is the nuttiest idea of all

    Some Western legislators want to sell off our public lands -- an idea that is not only impractical, but contrary to the desires of most Westerners.

  • Wolf management in Idaho is not ready for prime time

    Wolf management in Idaho is not ready for prime time

    The controversy that flared when a trapper posted a photo of himself with a dying wolf proves that Idaho and other Western states are incapable of managing wolves without the help of the Endangered Species Act.

  • When wolf-trapping goes viral

    When wolf-trapping goes viral

    When a trapper posted photos of himself with a dying wolf on Facebook, the resulting angry, hate-filled uproar on the Internet accomplished nothing useful.

  • Face it: All forests are "sluts"

    Face it: All forests are "sluts"

    If an allegedly untouched piece of woodland is "virgin forest," what does that make a forest that’s been logged or burnt or otherwise used by humans over the years?

  • Dead man working

    Dead man working

    When Robert Palmer began crusading for better medical care on the firelines in memory of his brother, he realized -- as many reformers do -- that one of the problems lies in the risk-accepting culture of firefighting and other outdoor occupations.

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